On Friday, two US soldiers were killed in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan.They have been identified as Sgt 1st Class Will D. Lindsay, 33, and Spc Joseph P. Collette, 29, according to the Denver Post. Their deaths make a total of 4 soldiers lost this year in Afghanistan.
Sgt 1st Class Will D. Lindsay
Lindsay was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Fort Carson, Colorado. He was married, and had 4 daughters. He enlisted in the Army in 2004, and completed his Special Forces training, being assigned to the 10th Group in 2006. He deployed 5 times to Iraq, to Tajikistan in 2016, and then to Afghanistan.
His decorations and awards included:
Bronze Star Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Purple Heart Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal with three oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Military Free Fall Jumpmaster Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Chilean Airborne Wings and Senior Instructor Badge.
“The 10th SFG (A) Family is deeply saddened at the loss of Sgt. 1st Class Will Lindsay. Will was one of the best in our formation, with more than a decade of service in the Regiment at all levels of noncommissioned officer leadership. We will focus now on supporting his Family and honoring his legacy and sacrifice.”
Col. Lawrence Ferguson, Commander 10th Special Forces Group
Spc Joseph P Collette
Spc Joey Collette of Lancaster, Ohio, enlisted in the Army in 2010, and was assigned to the 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group, out of Fort Carson, Colorado. (His stepfather stated that he was a Corporal, according to American Military News.) He was married, and the couple had 4 children, two each from previous relationships.
“We didn’t have our full ceremony yet because we didn’t have time. We got married less than a month before he deployed and then when he returned in June we were going to fly to Florida and have a ceremony there.” Caela Collette in AMN
Collette’s awards and decorations include a Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge and Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge.
Over the last 18 years of the war in Afghanistan, 2,400 troops have been killed, and more than 20,000 have been wounded. It is America’s longest running war. The US has been negotiating with the Taliban to find an end to it, but negotiating with the Taliban has not always been productive. Afghanistan has many insurgent groups, some of which are based in Pakistan.
The US Army did not give details of the two deaths, only saying that they died from “wounds sustained during combat operations.” The incident is under investigation.
Featured photo: L- Sgt 1st Class Will Lindsay R- Spc Joey Collette